Adam Ferguson (AU)

Big Sky


Image: Adam Ferguson, from the series Big Sky, 2023.

The changing identity of the Australian outback.


01 March - 24 March


Fed Square Metro Tunnel Screens [i]
Federation Square, Melbourne


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What is coming to pass on this enormous continent as the Earth changes? What does the future hold for communities facing the impact of the climate crisis?

Big Sky is a photographic survey of this nation’s heartland. The Australian bush is an ancient land of Aboriginal countries renamed and reshaped by colonisation. In recent years the transition to large-scale mining, the mechanisation of farming, and a population shift to larger regional centres has reshaped the cultural and environmental landscape. It has also suffered from the gamut of extreme weather linked to climate change—bushfires, flooding and drought.

In this ambitious project, Adam Ferguson takes in the fading yet iconic events of rural life, shrinking small-towns, Aboriginal connection to Country, pastoralism, the impacts of globalisation and the adversity of climate change. In doing so, he asks whether the Australian identity of yore still rings true, particularly when seen in the context of the complex realities of contemporary life in the Outback.

Curated by PHOTO Australia Supported by Metro Tunnel Creative Program

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March